The Community Zero Emissions Grants Program provides funding to eligible community groups and sponsored individuals to lead initiatives which support the ACT’s transition to net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. The grants will be delivered through annual targeted rounds with $550,000 of funding available over four years. Up to $25,000 (excluding GST) will be available to eligible applicants.
The next round of the Community Zero Emissions Grants Program is scheduled to launch in mid-2020. Further information will be made available closer to the date; however, the Grant Guidelines from Round Three are provided below for reference.
Round Three – Successful Projects
The priority areas for Round Three of the Program are transport and transitioning away from gas. On 27 September 2019, Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following seven successful projects.
- Australian Dance Party Limited received $24,952 for the “Move to Zero 2.0: It’s Electrifying” campaign. Like the first campaign, this iteration of Move to Zero will communicate appealing and accessible ways to reduce emissions, this time with a specific focus on the use of sustainable and active modes of transport, including electric vehicles.
- SEE-Change received $24,985 to run the short film competition and festival, Future Film, which is designed for young people and has the theme of Reimagining Canberra’s Future.
- Conservation Council ACT Region received $24,620 for the Make the Switch project, which – through an informative website, case studies, fact sheets and short videos – will support Canberra homeowners on how to switch their homes from gas to electricity.
- Canberra Environment Centre received $24,650 for the Canberra Community Recyclery: a physical place where volunteers can service and repair bicycles in order to make active transport as accessible as possible to the Canberra community.
- JT Clay received $11,650 for 'The Carbon Diet': a real-life communication project about cutting an individual’s carbon footprint by 75%.
- The Hackett Compost Collective received $24,260 to install a manually operated, hot and continually productive composter in a community area to engage the Hackett community in organics recycling and low-resource living.
- Pre POWER ONE Co-op received $25,000 to further accelerate community investment in renewable electricity generation by exploring different pathways and mechanisms for a co-operative system.
Round Two – Successful Projects
Round Two of the Program in 2018/19 targeted innovative projects across the energy, transport, building, land use and waste sectors that focus on improved sustainability and environmental outcomes, along with effective engagement with the community. On 27 August 2018 Minister Rattenbury announced funding for the following seven successful projects.
- Woden SEE-Change Incorporated received $24,000.00 to transform an existing shed at the Canberra City Farm into an ultra-low energy building (“Super Shed”).
- Australian PV Institute Limited received $23,530.00 to provide the ACT community with an engaging, easy to use, free online tool (SunSPoT) to inform and accelerate investment in rooftop solar, supporting the transition to zero emissions.
- Better Renting Limited received $24,875.55 to build the capacity and motivation of a community of renters to make their homes more energy-efficient.
- Canberra Environment Centre received $24,680.00 to develop a suite of targeted resources to encourage sustainable behaviours at an individual and household level for the Canberra Chinese community.
- UnitingCare Kippax received $24,692.00 to create a re-locatable administration building for the Mower Shed entirely powered by solar panels and batteries through re-purposing two shipping containers.
- Mental Health Foundation ACT received $20,750.00 to engage and educate people living with mental illnesses and their carers on waste reduction and sustainable living.Brindabella Christian Education Limited received $25,000.00 to develop a pilot Solar Tree to be installed on the school campus, feeding into an existing Solar Grid and Educational Video Learning Display for students.
- Brindabella Christian Education Limited received $25,000.00 to develop a pilot Solar Tree to be installed on the school campus, feeding into an existing Solar Grid and Educational Video Learning Display for students.